When you have advanced tooth decay, the infection spreads to the roots of your teeth and causes excruciating pain. The most popular way to clear out the infection and prevent further damage to your teeth is with a root canal. Once seen as an involved procedure, a root canal is actually a pain-free, effective way to help restore your oral health. But how do you know when the right time is to get one?
What Is a Root Canal?
During root canal, the dentist will clean out the infected parts of the soft inner layer of your tooth called the pulp, and also clean the roots of your tooth. To replace the pulp, they will fill your tooth with a material called gutta-percha, a special material that acts as a replacement pulp. Depending on the severity of your decay, you will either receive a filling over your tooth or a crown to replace it.
Why Would I Need a Root Canal?
If you have an untreated cavity or decay, then you will likely need a root canal, especially if the infection has spread to the roots of your tooth. If you are experiencing intense and throbbing pain, then you likely have an infection. Sensitivity and bad breath are other symptoms of tooth decay.
If you have developed an abscess at your tooth, either due to neglect or to a chip, bad crown or repeat procedures, then you likely need a root canal.
How to Prevent Tooth Decay
Brushing and flossing carefully and consistently twice a day is the best way to ward off tooth decay and ensure that you never need a root canal. It is also important to eat a balanced diet and avoid consuming too much sugar or acidic foods and beverages. Of course, twice yearly dental check-ups are another way to make sure that you aren’t suffering from tooth decay!
Tooth Decay Treatment Plan
If you are experiencing symptoms of tooth decay, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Overland Park Family Dental right way. We’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan that fits your needs and your budget. We look forward to hearing from you!